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Request for Comments: 4111                                    AT&T Labs.
Category: Informational                                        July 2005

                        Security Framework for
         Provider-Provisioned Virtual Private Networks (PPVPNs)

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
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Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).


   This document addresses security aspects pertaining to Provider-
   Provisioned Virtual Private Networks (PPVPNs).  First, it describes
   the security threats in the context of PPVPNs and defensive
   techniques to combat those threats.  It considers security issues
   deriving both from malicious behavior of anyone and from negligent or
   incorrect behavior of the providers.  It also describes how these
   security attacks should be detected and reported.  It then discusses
   possible user requirements for security of a PPVPN service.  These
   user requirements translate into corresponding provider requirements.
   In addition, the provider may have additional requirements to make
   its network infrastructure secure to a level that can meet the PPVPN
   customer's expectations.  Finally, this document defines a template
   that may be used to describe and analyze the security characteristics
   of a specific PPVPN technology.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction .................................................  2
   2.  Terminology ..................................................  4
   3.  Security Reference Model .....................................  4
   4.  Security Threats .............................................  6
       4.1.  Attacks on the Data Plane ..............................  7
       4.2.  Attacks on the Control Plane ...........................  9
   5.  Defensive Techniques for PPVPN Service Providers ............. 11
       5.1.  Cryptographic Techniques ............................... 12
       5.2.  Authentication ......................................... 20
       5.3.  Access Control Techniques .............................. 22
       5.4.  Use of Isolated Infrastructure ......................... 27

       5.5.  Use of Aggregated Infrastructure ....................... 27
       5.6.  Service Provider Quality Control Processes ............. 28
       5.7.  Deployment of Testable PPVPN Service ................... 28
   6.  Monitoring, Detection, and Reporting of Security Attacks ..... 28
   7.  User Security Requirements ................................... 29
       7.1.  Isolation .............................................. 30
       7.2.  Protection ............................................. 30
       7.3.  Confidentiality ........................................ 31
       7.4.  CE Authentication ...................................... 31
       7.5.  Integrity .............................................. 31
       7.6.  Anti-replay ............................................ 32
   8.  Provider Security Requirements ............................... 32
       8.1.  Protection within the Core Network ..................... 32
       8.2.  Protection on the User Access Link ..................... 34
       8.3.  General Requirements for PPVPN Providers ............... 36
   9.  Security Evaluation of PPVPN Technologies .................... 37
       9.1.  Evaluating the Template ................................ 37
       9.2.  Template ............................................... 37
   10. Security Considerations ...................................... 40
   11. Contributors ................................................. 41
   12. Acknowledgement .............................................. 42
   13. Normative References ......................................... 42
   14. Informative References ....................................... 43

1.  Introduction

   Security is an integral aspect of Provider-Provisioned Virtual
   Private Network (PPVPN) services.  The motivation and rationale for
   both Provider-Provisioned Layer-2 VPN and Provider-Provisioned
   Layer-3 VPN services are provided by [RFC4110] and [RFC4031].  These
   documents acknowledge that security is an important and integral
   aspect of PPVPN services, for both VPN customers and VPN service
   providers.  Both will benefit from a PPVPN Security Framework
   document that lists the customer and provider security requirements
   related to PPVPN services, and that can be used to assess how much a
   particular technology protects against security threats and fulfills
   the security requirements.

   First, we describe the security threats that are relevant in the
   context of PPVPNs, and the defensive techniques that can be used to
   combat those threats.  We consider security issues deriving both from
   malicious or incorrect behavior of users and other parties and from
   negligent or incorrect behavior of the providers.  An important part
   of security defense is the detection and report of a security attack,
   which is also addressed in this document.  Special considerations
   engendered by IP mobility within PPVPNs are not in the scope of this

   Then, we discuss the possible user and provider security requirements
   for a PPVPN service.  Users expectations must be met for the security
   characteristics of a VPN service.  These user requirements translate
   into corresponding requirements for the providers offering the
   service.  Furthermore, providers have security requirements to
   protect their network infrastructure, securing it to the level
   required to provide the PPVPN services in addition to other services.

   Finally, we define a template that may be used to describe the
   security characteristics of a specific PPVPN technology in a manner
   consistent with the security framework described in this document.
   It is not within the scope of this document to analyze the security
   properties of specific technologies.  Instead, our intention is to
   provide a common tool, in the form of a checklist, that may be used
   in other documents dedicated to an in-depth security analysis of
   individual PPVPN technologies to describe their security
   characteristics in a comprehensive and coherent way, thereby
   providing a common ground for comparison between different

   It is important to clarify that this document is limited to
   describing users' and providers' security requirements that pertain
   to PPVPN services.  It is not the intention to formulate precise
   "requirements" on each specific technology by defining the mechanisms
   and techniques that must be implemented to satisfy such users' and
   providers' requirements.

   This document is organized as follows.  Section 2 defines the
   terminology used in the document.  Section 3 defines the security
   reference model for security in PPVPN networks.  Section 4 describes
   the security threats that are specific of PPVPNs.  Section 5 reviews
   defense techniques that may be used against those threats.  Section 6
   describes how attacks may be detected and reported.  Section 7
   discusses the user security requirements that apply to PPVPN
   services.  Section 8 describes additional security requirements on
   the provider to guarantee the security of the network infrastructure
   providing PPVPN services.  In Section 9, we provide a template that
   may be used to describe the security characteristics of specific
   PPVPN technologies.  Finally, Section 10 discusses security

2.  Terminology

   This document uses PPVPN-specific terminology.  Definitions and
   details specific to PPVPN terminology can be found in [RFC4026] and
   [RFC4110].  The most important definitions are repeated in this
   section; for other definitions, the reader is referred to
   [RFC4026] and [RFC4110].

      CE: Customer Edge device, a router or a switch in the customer
         network interfacing with the service provider's network.

      P: Provider Router.  The Provider Router is a router in the
         service provider's core network that does not have interfaces
         directly toward the customer.  A P router is used to
         interconnect the PE routers.  A P router does not have to
         maintain VPN state and is thus VPN unaware.

      PE: Provider Edge device, the equipment in the service provider's
         network that interfaces with the equipment in the customer's

      PPVPN: Provider-Provisioned Virtual Private Network, a VPN that is
         configured and managed by the service provider (and thus not by
         the customer itself).

      SP: Service Provider.

      VPN: Virtual Private Network, which restricts communication
         between a set of sites using an IP backbone shared by traffic
         that is not going to or coming from those sites.

3.  Security Reference Model

   This section defines a reference model for security in PPVPN

   A PPVPN core network is the central network infrastructure (P and PE
   routers) over which PPVPN services are delivered.  A PPVPN core
   network consists of one or more SP networks.  All network elements in
   the core are under the operational control of one or more PPVPN
   service providers.  Even if the PPVPN core is provided by several
   service providers, it appears to the PPVPN users as a single zone of
   trust.  However, several service providers providing a common PPVPN
   core still have to secure themselves against the other providers.
   PPVPN services can also be delivered over the Internet, in which case
   the Internet forms a logical part of the PPVPN core.

   A PPVPN user is a company, institution or residential client of the
   PPVPN service provider.

   A PPVPN service is a private network service made available by a
   service provider to a PPVPN user.  The service is implemented using
   virtual constructs built on a shared PPVPN core network.  A PPVPN
   service interconnects sites of a PPVPN user.

   Extranets are VPNs in which multiple sites are controlled by
   different (legal) entities.  Extranets are another example of PPVPN
   deployment scenarios wherein restricted and controlled communication
   is allowed between trusted zones, often via well-defined transit

   This document defines each PPVPN as a trusted zone and the PPVPN core
   as another trusted zone.  A primary concern is security aspects that
   relate to breaches of security from the "outside" of a trusted zone
   to the "inside" of this zone.  Figure 1 depicts the concept of
   trusted zones within the PPVPN framework.

      +------------+                             +------------+
      | PPVPN      +-----------------------------+      PPVPN |
      | user           PPVPN                             user |
      | site       +---------------------XXX-----+       site |
      +------------+  +------------------XXX--+  +------------+
                      |   PPVPN core     | |  |
                      +------------------| |--+
                                         | |
                                         | +------\
                                         +--------/  Internet

                   Figure 1: The PPVPN trusted zone model

   In principle, the trusted zones should be separate.  However, PPVPN
   core networks often offer Internet access, in which case a transit
   point (marked "XXX" in the figure) is defined.

   The key requirement of a "virtual private" network (VPN) is that the
   security of the trusted zone of the VPN is not compromised by sharing
   the core infrastructure with other VPNs.

   Security against threats that originate within the same trusted zone
   as their targets (for example, attacks from a user in a PPVPN to
   other users within the same PPVPN, or attacks entirely within the
   core network) is outside the scope of this document.

   Also outside the scope are all aspects of network security that are
   independent of whether a network is a PPVPN network or a private

   network.  For example, attacks from the Internet to a web server
   inside a given PPVPN will not be considered here, unless the
   provisioning of the PPVPN network could make a difference to the
   security of this server.

4.  Security Threats

   This section discusses the various network security threats that may
   endanger PPVPNs.  The discussion is limited to threats that are
   unique to PPVPNs, or that affect PPVPNs in unique ways.  A successful
   attack on a particular PPVPN or on a service provider's PPVPN
   infrastructure may cause one or more of the following ill effects:

   -  observation, modification, or deletion of PPVPN user data,

   -  replay of PPVPN user data,

   -  injection of non-authentic data into a PPVPN,

   -  traffic pattern analysis on PPVPN traffic,

   -  disruption of PPVPN connectivity, or

   -  degradation of PPVPN service quality.

   It is useful to consider that threats to a PPVPN, whether malicious
   or accidental, may come from different categories of sources.  For
   example they may come from:

   -  users of other PPVPNs provided by the same PPVPN service provider,

   -  the PPVPN service provider or persons working for it,

   -  other persons who obtain physical access to a service provider

   -  other persons who use social engineering methods to influence
      behavior of service provider personnel,

   -  users of the PPVPN itself, i.e., intra-VPN threats (such threats
      are beyond the scope of this document), or

   -  others, i.e., attackers from the Internet at large.

   In the case of PPVPNs, some parties may be in more advantageous
   positions that enable them to launch types of attacks not available
   to others.  For example, users of different PPVPNs provided by the

   same service provider may be able to launch attacks that those who
   are completely outside the network cannot.

   Given that security is generally a compromise between expense and
   risk, it is also useful to consider the likelihood of different
   attacks.  There is at least a perceived difference in the likelihood
   of most types of attacks being successfully mounted in different
   environments, such as

   -  in a PPVPN contained within one service provider's network, or

   -  in a PPVPN transiting the public Internet.

   Most types of attacks become easier to mount, and hence more likely,
   as the shared infrastructure that provides VPN service expands from a
   single service provider to multiple cooperating providers, and then
   to the global Internet.  Attacks that may not be sufficiently likely
   to warrant concern in a closely controlled environment often merit
   defensive measures in broader, more open environments.

   The following sections discuss specific types of exploits that
   threaten PPVPNs.

4.1.  Attacks on the Data Plane

   This category encompasses attacks on the PPVPN user's data, as viewed
   by the service provider.  Note that from the PPVPN user's point of
   view, some of this might be control plane traffic, e.g., routing
   protocols running from PPVPN user site to PPVPN user site via an L2

4.1.1.  Unauthorized Observation of Data Traffic

   This refers to "sniffing" VPN packets and examining their contents.
   This can result in exposure of confidential information.  It can also
   be a first step in other attacks (described below) in which the
   recorded data is modified and re-inserted, or re-inserted unchanged.

4.1.2.  Modification of Data Traffic

   This refers to modifying the contents of packets as they traverse the

4.1.3.  Insertion of Non-authentic Data Traffic: Spoofing and Replay

   This refers to the insertion into the VPN (or "spoofing") of packets
   that do not belong there, with the objective of having them accepted
   as legitimate by the recipient.  Also included in this category is

   the insertion of copies of once-legitimate packets that have been
   recorded and replayed.

4.1.4.  Unauthorized Deletion of Data Traffic

   This refers to causing packets to be discarded as they traverse the
   VPN.  This is a specific type of Denial-of-Service attack.

4.1.5.  Unauthorized Traffic Pattern Analysis

   This refers to "sniffing" VPN packets and examining aspects or meta-
   aspects of them that may be visible even when the packets themselves
   are encrypted.  An attacker might gain useful information based on
   the amount and timing of traffic, packet sizes, source and
   destination addresses, etc.  For most PPVPN users, this type of
   attack is generally considered significantly less of a concern than
   are the other types discussed in this section.

4.1.6.  Denial-of-Service Attacks on the VPN

   Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks are those in which an attacker
   attempts to disrupt or prevent the use of a service by its legitimate
   users.  Taking network devices out of service, modifying their
   configuration, or overwhelming them with requests for service are
   several of the possible avenues for DoS attack.

   Overwhelming the network with requests for service, otherwise known
   as a "resource exhaustion" DoS attack, may target any resource in the
   network, e.g., link bandwidth, packet forwarding capacity, session
   capacity for various protocols, and CPU power.

   DoS attacks of the resource exhaustion type can be mounted against
   the data plane of a particular PPVPN by attempting to insert (spoof)
   an overwhelming quantity of non-authentic data into the VPN from
   outside of that VPN.  Potential results might be to exhaust the
   bandwidth available to that VPN or to overwhelm the cryptographic
   authentication mechanisms of the VPN.

   Data plane resource exhaustion attacks can also be mounted by
   overwhelming the service provider's general (VPN-independent)
   infrastructure with traffic.  These attacks on the general
   infrastructure are not usually a PPVPN-specific issue, unless the
   attack is mounted by another PPVPN user from a privileged position.
   For example, a PPVPN user might be able to monopolize network data
   plane resources and thus to disrupt other PPVPNs.)

4.2.  Attacks on the Control Plane

   This category encompasses attacks on the control structures operated
   by the PPVPN service provider.

4.2.1.  Denial-of-Service Attacks on Network Infrastructure

   Control plane DoS attacks can be mounted specifically against the
   mechanisms that the service provider uses to provide PPVPNs (e.g.,
   IPsec, MPLS) or against the general infrastructure of the service
   provider (e.g., P routers or shared aspects of PE routers.)   Attacks
   against the general infrastructure are within the scope of this
   document only if the attack happens in relation to the VPN service;
   otherwise, they are not a PPVPN-specific issue.

   Of special concern for PPVPNs is denial of service to one PPVPN user
   caused by the activities of another.  This can occur, for example, if
   one PPVPN user's activities are allowed to consume excessive network
   resources of any sort that are also needed to serve other PPVPN

   The attacks described in the following sections may each have denial
   of service as one of their effects.  Other DoS attacks are also

4.2.2.  Attacks on Service Provider Equipment via Management

   This includes unauthorized access to service provider infrastructure
   equipment, in order, for example, to reconfigure the equipment or to
   extract information (statistics, topology, etc.) about one or more

   This can be accomplished through malicious entrance of the systems,
   or as an inadvertent consequence of inadequate inter-VPN isolation in
   a PPVPN user self-management interface.  (The former is not
   necessarily a PPVPN-specific issue.)

4.2.3.  Social Engineering Attacks on Service Provider

   Attacks in which the service provider network is reconfigured or
   damaged, or in which confidential information is improperly
   disclosed, may be mounted through manipulation of service provider
   personnel.  These types of attacks are PPVPN-specific if they affect
   PPVPN-serving mechanisms.  It may be observed that the organizational
   split (customer, service provider) that is inherent in PPVPNs may
   make it easier to mount such attacks against provider-provisioned

   VPNs than against VPNs that are self-provisioned by the customer at
   the IP layer.

4.2.4.  Cross-Connection of Traffic between PPVPNs

   This refers to events where expected isolation between separate
   PPVPNs is breached.  This includes cases such as:

   -  a site being connected into the "wrong" VPN,

   -  two or more VPNs being improperly merged,

   -  a point-to-point VPN connecting the wrong two points, or

   -  any packet or frame being improperly delivered outside the VPN it
      is sent in.

   Misconnection or cross-connection of VPNs may be caused by service
   provider or equipment vendor error, or by the malicious action of an
   attacker.  The breach may be physical (e.g., PE-CE links
   misconnected) or logical (improper device configuration).

   Anecdotal evidence suggests that the cross-connection threat is one
   of the largest security concerns of PPVPN users (or would-be users).

4.2.5.  Attacks against PPVPN Routing Protocols

   This encompasses attacks against routing protocols that are run by
   the service provider and that directly support the PPVPN service.  In
   layer 3 VPNs this, typically relates to membership discovery or to
   the distribution of per-VPN routes.  In layer 2 VPNs, this typically
   relates to membership and endpoint discovery.  Attacks against the
   use of routing protocols for the distribution of backbone (non-VPN)
   routes are beyond the scope of this document.  Specific attacks
   against popular routing protocols have been widely studied and are
   described in [RFC3889].

4.2.6.  Attacks on Route Separation

   "Route separation" refers here to keeping the per-VPN topology and
   reachability information for each PPVPN separate from, and
   unavailable to, any other PPVPN (except as specifically intended by
   the service provider).  This concept is only a distinct security
   concern for layer-3 VPN types for which the service provider is
   involved with the routing within the VPN (i.e., VR, BGP-MPLS, routed
   version of IPsec).  A breach in the route separation can reveal
   topology and addressing information about a PPVPN.  It can also cause

   black hole routing or unauthorized data plane cross-connection
   between PPVPNs.

4.2.7.  Attacks on Address Space Separation

   In layer-3 VPNs, the IP address spaces of different VPNs have to be
   kept separate.  In layer-2 VPNs, the MAC address and VLAN spaces of
   different VPNs have to be kept separate.  A control plane breach in
   this addressing separation may result in unauthorized data plane
   cross-connection between VPNs.

4.2.8.  Other Attacks on PPVPN Control Traffic

   Besides routing and management protocols (covered separately in the
   previous sections), a number of other control protocols may be
   directly involved in delivering the PPVPN service (e.g., for
   membership discovery and tunnel establishment in various PPVPN
   approaches).  These include but may not be limited to:

   -  MPLS signaling (LDP, RSVP-TE),
   -  IPsec signaling (IKE) ,
   -  L2TP,
   -  BGP-based membership discovery, and
   -  Database-based membership discovery (e.g., RADIUS-based).

   Attacks might subvert or disrupt the activities of these protocols,
   for example, via impersonation or DoS attacks.

5.  Defensive Techniques for PPVPN Service Providers

   The defensive techniques discussed in this document are intended to
   describe methods by which some security threats can be addressed.
   They are not intended as requirements for all PPVPN implementations.
   The PPVPN provider should determine the applicability of these
   techniques to the provider's specific service offerings, and the
   PPVPN user may wish to assess the value of these techniques in regard
   to the user's VPN requirements.

   The techniques discussed here include encryption, authentication,
   filtering, firewalls, access control, isolation, aggregation, and
   other techniques.

   Nothing is ever 100% secure.  Defense therefore protects against
   those attacks that are most likely to occur or that could have the
   most dire consequences.  Absolute protection against these attacks is
   seldom achievable; more often it is sufficient to make the cost of a
   successful attack greater than what the adversary would be willing to

   Successful defense against an attack does not necessarily mean that
   the attack must be prevented from happening or from reaching its
   target.  In many cases, the network can instead be designed to
   withstand the attack.  For example, the introduction of non-authentic
   packets could be defended against by preventing their introduction in
   the first place, or by making it possible to identify and eliminate
   them before delivery to the PPVPN user's system.  The latter is
   frequently a much easier task.

5.1.  Cryptographic Techniques

   PPVPN defenses against a wide variety of attacks can be enhanced by
   the proper application of cryptographic techniques.  These are the
   same cryptographic techniques that are applicable to general network
   communications.  In general, these techniques can provide
   confidentiality (encryption) of communication between devices,
   authentication of the identities of the devices, and detection of a
   change of the protected data during transit.

   Privacy is a key part (the middle name!) of any Virtual Private
   Network.  In a PPVPN, privacy can be provided by two mechanisms:
   traffic separation and encryption.  This section focuses on
   encryption; traffic separation is addressed separately.

   Several aspects of authentication are addressed in some detail in a
   separate "Authentication" section.

   Encryption adds complexity, and thus it may not be a standard
   offering within every PPVPN service.  There are a few reasons for
   this.  Encryption adds an additional computational burden to the
   devices performing encryption and decryption.  This may reduce the
   number of user VPN connections that can be handled on a device or
   otherwise reduce the capacity of the device, potentially driving up
   the provider's costs.  Typically, configuring encryption services on
   devices adds to the complexity of the device configuration and adds
   incremental labor cost.  Encrypting packets typically increases
   packet lengths, thereby increasing the network traffic load and the
   likelihood of packet fragmentation, with its increased overhead.
   (Packet length increase can often be mitigated to some extent by data
   compression techniques, but with additional computational burden.)
   Finally, some PPVPN providers may employ enough other defensive
   techniques, such as physical isolation or filtering/firewall
   techniques, that they may not perceive additional benefit from
   encryption techniques.

   The trust model among the PPVPN user, the PPVPN provider, and other
   parts of the network is a key element in determining the
   applicability of encryption for any specific PPVPN implementation.

   In particular, it determines where encryption should be applied, as

      -  If the data path between the user's site and the provider's PE
         is not trusted, then encryption may be used on the PE-CE link.

      -  If some part of the backbone network is not trusted,
         particularly in implementations where traffic may travel across
         the Internet or multiple provider networks, then the PE-PE
         traffic may be encrypted.

      -  If the PPVPN user does not trust any zone outside of its
         premises, it may require end-to-end or CE-CE encryption
         service.  This service fits within the scope of this PPVPN
         security framework when the CE is provisioned by the PPVPN

      -  If the PPVPN user requires remote access to a PPVPN from a
         system that is not at a PPVPN customer location (for example,
         access by a traveler), there may be a requirement for
         encrypting the traffic between that system and an access point
         on the PPVPN or at a customer site.  If the PPVPN provider
         provides the access point, then the customer must cooperate
         with the provider to handle the access control services for the
         remote users.  These access control services are usually
         implemented by using encryption, as well.

   Although CE-CE encryption provides confidentiality against third-
   party interception, if the PPVPN provider has complete management
   control over the CE (encryption) devices, then it may be possible for
   the provider to gain access to the user's VPN traffic or internal
   network.  Encryption devices can potentially be configured to use
   null encryption, to bypass encryption processing altogether, or to
   provide some means of sniffing or diverting unencrypted traffic.
   Thus, a PPVPN implementation using CE-CE encryption has to consider
   the trust relationship between the PPVPN user and provider.  PPVPN
   users and providers may wish to negotiate a service level agreement
   (SLA) for CE-CE encryption that will provide an acceptable
   demarcation of responsibilities for management of encryption on the
   CE devices.

   The demarcation may also be affected by the capabilities of the CE
   devices.  For example, the CE might support some partitioning of
   management or a configuration lock-down ability, or it might allow
   both parties to verify the configuration.  In general, if the managed
   CE-CE model is used, the PPVPN user has to have a fairly high level
   of trust that the PPVPN provider will properly provision and manage
   the CE devices.

5.1.1.  IPsec in PPVPNs

   IPsec [RFC2401] [RFC2402] [RFC2406] [RFC2407] [RFC2411] is the
   security protocol of choice for encryption at the IP layer (Layer 3),
   as discussed in [RFC3631].  IPsec provides robust security for IP
   traffic between pairs of devices.  Non-IP traffic must be converted
   to IP packets, or it cannot be transported over IPsec.  Encapsulation
   is a common conversion method.

   In the PPVPN model, IPsec can be employed to protect IP traffic
   between PEs, between a PE and a CE, or from CE to CE.  CE-to-CE IPsec
   may be employed in either a provider-provisioned or a user-
   provisioned model.  The user-provisioned CE-CE IPsec model is outside
   the scope of this document and outside the scope of the PPVPN Working
   Group.  Likewise, data encryption that is performed within the user's
   site is outside the scope of this document, as it is simply handled
   as user data by the PPVPN.  IPsec can also be used to protect IP
   traffic between a remote user and the PPVPN.

   IPsec does not itself specify an encryption algorithm.  It can use a
   variety of encryption algorithms with various key lengths, such as
   AES encryption.  There are trade-offs between key length,
   computational burden, and the level of security of the encryption.  A
   full discussion of these trade-offs is beyond the scope of this
   document.  In order to assess the level of security offered by a
   particular IPsec-based PPVPN service, some PPVPN users may wish to
   know the specific encryption algorithm and effective key length used
   by the PPVPN provider.  However, in practice, any currently
   recommended IPsec encryption offers enough security to substantially
   reduce the likelihood of being directly targeted by an attacker.
   Other, weaker, links in the chain of security are likely to be
   attacked first.  PPVPN users may wish to use a Service Level
   Agreement (SLA) specifying the service provider's responsibility for
   ensuring data confidentiality rather than to analyze the specific
   encryption techniques used in the PPVPN service.

   For many of the PPVPN provider's network control messages and some
   PPVPN user requirements, cryptographic authentication of messages
   without encryption of the contents of the message may provide
   acceptable security.  With IPsec, authentication of messages is
   provided by the Authentication Header (AH) or by the Encapsulating
   Security Protocol (ESP) with authentication only.  Where control
   messages require authentication but do not use IPsec, other
   cryptographic authentication methods are available.  Message
   authentication methods currently considered to be secure are based on
   hashed message authentication codes (HMAC) [RFC2104] implemented with
   a secure hash algorithm such as Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1)

   One recommended mechanism for providing a combination
   confidentiality, data origin authentication, and connectionless
   integrity is the use of AES in Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) Mode, with
   an explicit Initialization Vector (IV) [RFC3602], as the IPsec ESP.

   PPVPNs that provide differentiated services based on traffic type may
   encounter some conflicts with IPsec encryption of traffic.  As
   encryption hides the content of the packets, it may not be possible
   to differentiate the encrypted traffic in the same manner as
   unencrypted traffic.  Although DiffServ markings are copied to the
   IPsec header and can provide some differentiation, not all traffic
   types can be accommodated by this mechanism.

5.1.2.  Encryption for Device Configuration and Management

   For configuration and management of PPVPN devices, encryption and
   authentication of the management connection at a level comparable to
   that provided by IPsec is desirable.

   Several methods of transporting PPVPN device management traffic offer
   security and confidentiality.

   -  Secure Shell (SSH) offers protection for TELNET [STD8] or
      terminal-like connections to allow device configuration.

   -  SNMP v3 [STD62] provides encrypted and authenticated protection
      for SNMP-managed devices.

   -  Transport Layer Security (TLS) [RFC2246] and the closely-related
      Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) are widely used for securing HTTP-based
      communication, and thus can provide support for most XML- and
      SOAP-based device management approaches.

   -  As of 2004, extensive work is proceeding in several organizations
      (OASIS, W3C, WS-I, and others) on securing device management
      traffic within a "Web Services" framework.  This work uses a wide
      variety of security models and supports multiple security token
      formats, multiple trust domains, multiple signature formats, and
      multiple encryption technologies.

   -  IPsec provides the services with security and confidentiality at
      the network layer.  With regard to device management, its current
      use is primarily focused on in-band management of user-managed
      IPsec gateway devices.

5.1.3.  Cryptographic Techniques in Layer-2 PPVPNs

   Layer-2 PPVPNs will generally not be able to use IPsec to provide
   encryption throughout the entire network.  They may be able to use
   IPsec for PE-PE traffic where it is encapsulated in IP packets, but
   IPsec will generally not be applicable for CE-PE traffic in Layer-2

   Encryption techniques for Layer-2 links are widely available but are
   not within the scope of this document or IETF documents in general.
   Layer-2 encryption could be applied to the links from CE to PE, or it
   could be applied from CE to CE, as long as the encrypted Layer-2
   packets can be handled properly by the intervening PE devices.  In
   addition, the upper-layer traffic transported by the Layer-2 VPN can
   be encrypted by the user.  In this case, confidentiality will be
   maintained; however, this is transparent to the PPVPN provider and is
   outside the scope of this document.

5.1.4.  End-to-End vs. Hop-by-Hop Encryption Tradeoffs in PPVPNs

   In PPVPNs, encryption could potentially be applied to the VPN traffic
   at several different places.  This section discusses some of the
   tradeoffs in implementing encryption in several different connection
   topologies among different devices within a PPVPN.

   Encryption typically involves a pair of devices that encrypt the
   traffic passing between them.  The devices may be directly connected
   (over a single "hop"), or there may be intervening devices that
   transport the encrypted traffic between the pair of devices.  The
   extreme cases involve hop-by-hop encryption between every adjacent
   pair of devices along a given path or "end-to-end" encryption only
   between the end devices along a given path.  To keep this discussion
   within the scope of PPVPNs, we consider the "end to end" case to be
   CE to CE rather than fully end to end.

   Figure 2 depicts a simplified PPVPN topology, showing the Customer
   Edge (CE) devices, the Provider Edge (PE) devices, and a variable
   number (three are shown) of Provider core (P) devices that might be
   present along the path between two sites in a single VPN, operated by
   a single service provider (SP).


                  Figure 2: Simplified PPVPN topology

   Within this simplified topology and assuming that P devices are not
   to be involved with encryption, there are four basic feasible
   configurations for implementing encryption on connections among the

      1) Site-to-site (CE-to-CE): Encryption can be configured between
         the two CE devices, so that traffic will be encrypted
         throughout the SP's network.

      2) Provider edge-to-edge (PE-to-PE): Encryption can be configured
         between the two PE devices.  Unencrypted traffic is received at
         one PE from the customer's CE; then it is encrypted for
         transmission through the SP's network to the other PE, where it
         is decrypted and sent to the other CE.

      3) Access link (CE-to-PE): Encryption can be configured between
         the CE and PE, on each side (or on only one side).

      4) Configurations 2) and 3) can be combined, with encryption
         running from CE to PE, then from PE to PE, and then from PE to

   Among the four feasible configurations, key tradeoffs in considering
   encryption include the following:

   -  Vulnerability to link eavesdropping: Assuming that an attacker can
      observe the data in transit on the links, would it be protected by

   -  Vulnerability to device compromise: Assuming an attacker can get
      access to a device (or freely alter its configuration), would the
      data be protected?

   -  Complexity of device configuration and management: Given Nce, the
      number of sites per VPN customer, and Npe, the number of PEs
      participating in a given VPN, how many device configurations have
      to be created or maintained and how do those configurations scale?

   -  Processing load on devices: How many encryption or decryption
      operations must be done, given P packets?  This influences
      considerations of device capacity and perhaps end-to-end delay.

   -  Ability of SP to provide enhanced services (QoS, firewall,
      intrusion detection, etc.): Can the SP inspect the data in order
      to provide these services?

   These tradeoffs are discussed below for each configuration.

   1) Site-to-site (CE-to-CE) Configurations

      o  Link eavesdropping: Protected on all links.

      o  Device compromise: Vulnerable to CE compromise.

      o  Complexity: Single administration, responsible for one device
         per site (Nce devices), but overall configuration per VPN
         scales as Nce**2.

      o  Processing load: on each of two CEs, each packet is either
         encrypted or decrypted (2P).

      o  Enhanced services: Severely limited; typically only DiffServ
         markings are visible to SP, allowing some QoS services.

   2) Provider edge-to-edge (PE-to-PE) Configurations

      o  Link eavesdropping: Vulnerable on CE-PE links; protected on
         SP's network links.

      o  Device compromise: Vulnerable to CE or PE compromise.

      o  Complexity: Single administration; Npe devices to configure.
         (Multiple sites may share a PE device, so Npe is typically much
         less than Nce.)  Scalability of the overall configuration
         depends on the PPVPN type: If the encryption is separate per
         VPN context, it scales as Npe**2 per customer VPN.  If the
         encryption is per PE, it scales as Npe**2 for all customer VPNs

      o  Processing load: On each of two PEs, each packet is either
         encrypted or decrypted (2P).

      o  Enhanced services: Full; SP can apply any enhancements based on
         detailed view of traffic.

   3) Access link (CE-to-PE) Configuration

      o  Link eavesdropping: Protected on CE-PE link; vulnerable on SP's
         network links.

      o  Device compromise: Vulnerable to CE or PE compromise.

      o  Complexity: Two administrations (customer and SP) with device
         configuration on each side (Nce + Npe devices to configure),
         but as there is no mesh, the overall configuration scales as

      o  Processing load: On each of two CEs, each packet is either
         encrypted or decrypted.  On each of two PEs, each packet is
         either encrypted or decrypted (4P).

      o  Enhanced services: Full; SP can apply any enhancements based on
         detailed view of traffic.

   4) Combined Access link and PE-to-PE (essentially hop-by-hop).

      o  Link eavesdropping: Protected on all links.

      o  Device compromise: Vulnerable to CE or PE compromise.

      o  Complexity: Two administrations (customer and SP), with device
         configuration on each side (Nce + Npe devices to configure).
         Scalability of the overall configuration depends on the PPVPN
         type.  If the encryption is separate per VPN context, it scales
         as Npe**2 per customer VPN.  If the encryption is per-PE, it
         scales as Npe**2 for all customer VPNs combined.

      o  Processing load: On each of two CEs, each packet is either
         encrypted or decrypted.  On each of two PEs, each packet is
         both encrypted and decrypted (6P).

      o  Enhanced services: Full; SP can apply any enhancements based on
         detailed view of traffic.

   Given the tradeoffs discussed above, a few conclusions can be

   -  Configurations 2 and 3, which are subsets of 4, may be appropriate
      alternatives to 4 under certain threat models.  The remainder of
      these conclusions compare 1 (CE-to-CE) with 4 (combined access
      links and PE-to-PE).

   -  If protection from link eavesdropping is most important, then
      configurations 1 and 4 are equivalent.

   -  If protection from device compromise is most important and the
      threat is to the CE devices, both cases are equivalent; if the
      threat is to the PE devices, configuration 1 is best.

   -  If reducing complexity is most important and the size of the
      network is very small, configuration 1 is the best.  Otherwise,
      the comparison between options 1 and 4 is relatively complex ,
      based on a number of issues such as, how close the CE to CE
      communication is to a full mesh, and what tools are used for key
      management.  Option 1 requires configuring keys for each CE-CE

      pair that is communicating directly.  Option 4 requires
      configuring keys on both CE and PE devices but may offer benefit
      from the fact that the number of PEs is generally much smaller
      than the number of CEs.

      Also, under some PPVPN approaches, the scaling of 4 is further
      improved by sharing the same PE-PE mesh across all VPN contexts.
      The scaling characteristics of 4 may be increased or decreased in
      any given situation if the CE devices are simpler to configure
      than the PE devices, or vice versa.  Furthermore, with option 4,
      the impact of operational error may be significantly increased.

   -  If the overall processing load is a key factor, then 1 is best.

   -  If the availability of enhanced services support from the SP is
      most important, then 4 is best.

   As a quick overall conclusion, CE-to-CE encryption provides greater
   protection against device compromise, but it comes at the cost of
   enhanced services and with additional operational complexity due to
   the Order(n**2) scaling of the mesh.

   This analysis of site-to-site vs. hop-by-hop encryption tradeoffs
   does not explicitly include cases where multiple providers cooperate
   to provide a PPVPN service, public Internet VPN connectivity, or
   remote access VPN service, but many of the tradeoffs will be similar.

5.2.  Authentication

   In order to prevent security issues from some denial-of-service
   attacks or from malicious misconfiguration, it is critical that
   devices in the PPVPN should only accept connections or control
   messages from valid sources.  Authentication refers to methods for
   ensuring that message sources are properly identified by the PPVPN
   devices with which they communicate.  This section focuses on
   identifying the scenarios in which sender authentication is required,
   and it recommends authentication mechanisms for these scenarios.

   Cryptographic techniques (authentication and encryption) do not
   protect against some types of denial-of-service attacks,
   specifically, resource exhaustion attacks based on CPU or bandwidth
   exhaustion.  In fact, the processing required to decrypt or check
   authentication may in some cases increase the effect of these
   resource exhaustion attacks.  Cryptographic techniques may, however,
   be useful against resource exhaustion attacks based on exhaustion of
   state information (e.g., TCP SYN attacks).

5.2.1.  VPN Member Authentication

   This category includes techniques for the CEs to verify that they are
   connected to the expected VPN.  It includes techniques for CE-PE
   authentication, to verify that each specific CE and PE is actually
   communicating with its expected peer.

5.2.2.  Management System Authentication

   Management system authentication includes the authentication of a PE
   to a centrally-managed directory server when directory-based "auto-
   discovery" is used.  It also includes authentication of a CE to its
   PPVPN configuration server when a configuration server system is

5.2.3.  Peer-to-Peer Authentication

   Peer-to-peer authentication includes peer authentication for network
   control protocols (e.g., LDP, BGP), and other peer authentication
   (i.e., authentication of one IPsec security gateway by another).

5.2.4.  Authenticating Remote Access VPN Members

   This section describes methods for authentication of remote access
   users connecting to a VPN.

   Effective authentication of individual connections is a key
   requirement for enabling remote access to a PPVPN from an arbitrary
   Internet address (for instance, by a traveler).

   There are several widely used standards-based protocols to support
   remote access authentication.  These include RADIUS [RFC2865] and
   DIAMETER [RFC3588].  Digital certificate systems also provide
   authentication.  In addition, there has been extensive development
   and deployment of mechanisms for securely transporting individual
   remote access connections within tunneling protocols, including L2TP
   [RFC2661] and IPsec.

   Remote access involves connection to a gateway device, which provides
   access to the PPVPN.  The gateway device may be managed by the user
   at a user site, or by the PPVPN provider at any of several possible
   locations in the network.  The user-managed case is of limited
   interest within the PPVPN security framework, and it is not
   considered at this time.

   When a PPVPN provider manages authentication at the remote access
   gateway, this implies that authentication databases, which are
   usually extremely confidential user-managed systems, will have to be

   referenced in a secure manner by the PPVPN provider.  This can be
   accomplished through proxy authentication services, which accept an
   encrypted authentication credential from the remote access user, pass
   it to the PPVPN user's authentication system, and receive a yes/no
   response as to whether the user has been authenticated.  Thus, the
   PPVPN provider does not have access to the actual authentication
   database, but it can use it on behalf of the PPVPN user to provide
   remote access authentication.

   Specific cryptographic techniques for handling authentication are
   described in the following sections.

5.2.5.  Cryptographic Techniques for Authenticating Identity

   Cryptographic techniques offer several mechanisms for authenticating
   the identity of devices or individuals.  These include the use of
   shared secret keys, one-time keys generated by accessory devices or
   software, user-ID and password pairs, and a range of public-private
   key systems.  Another approach is to use a hierarchical Certificate
   Authority system to provide digital certificates.

   This section describes or provides references to the specific
   cryptographic approaches for authenticating identity.  These
   approaches provide secure mechanisms for most of the authentication
   scenarios required in operating a PPVPN.

5.3.  Access Control Techniques

   Access control techniques include packet-by-packet or packet flow -
   by - packet flow access control by means of filters and firewalls, as
   well as by means of admitting a "session" for a
   control/signaling/management protocol that is being used to implement
   PPVPNs.  Enforcement of access control by isolated infrastructure
   addresses is discussed elsewhere in this document.

   We distinguish between filtering and firewalls primarily by the
   direction of traffic flow.  We define filtering as being applicable
   to unidirectional traffic, whereas a firewall can analyze and control
   both sides of a conversation.

   There are two significant corollaries of this definition:

   -  Routing or traffic flow symmetry: A firewall typically requires
      routing symmetry, which is usually enforced by locating a firewall
      where the network topology assures that both sides of a
      conversation will pass through the firewall.  A filter can then
      operate upon traffic flowing in one direction without considering
      traffic in the reverse direction.

   -  Statefulness: Because it receives both sides of a conversation, a
      firewall may be able to obtain a significant amount of information
      concerning that conversation and to use this information to
      control access.  A filter can maintain some limited state
      information on a unidirectional flow of packets, but it cannot
      determine the state of the bi-directional conversation as
      precisely as a firewall can.

5.3.1.  Filtering

   It is relatively common for routers to filter data packets.  That is,
   routers can look for particular values in certain fields of the IP or
   higher level (e.g., TCP or UDP) headers.  Packets that match the
   criteria associated with a particular filter may be either discarded
   or given special treatment.

   In discussing filters, it is useful to separate the filter
   characteristics that may be used to determine whether a packet
   matches a filter from the packet actions that are applied to packets
   that match a particular filter.

   o  Filter Characteristics

      Filter characteristics are used to determine whether a particular
      packet or set of packets matches a particular filter.

      In many cases, filter characteristics may be stateless.  A
      stateless filter determines whether a particular packet matches a
      filter based solely on the filter definition, on normal forwarding
      information (such as the next hop for a packet), and on the
      characteristics of that individual packet.  Typically, stateless
      filters may consider the incoming and outgoing logical or physical
      interface, information in the IP header, and information in higher
      layer headers such as the TCP or UDP header.  Information in the
      IP header to be considered may, for example, include source and
      destination IP address, Protocol field, Fragment Offset, and TOS
      field.  Filters may also consider fields in the TCP or UDP header
      such as the Port fields and the SYN field in the TCP header.

      Stateful filtering maintains packet-specific state information to
      aid in determining whether a filter has been met.  For example, a
      device might apply stateless filters to the first fragment of a
      fragmented IP packet.  If the filter matches, then the data unit
      ID may be remembered, and other fragments of the same packet may
      then be considered to match the same filter.  Stateful filtering
      is more commonly done in firewalls, although firewall technology
      may be added to routers.

   o  Actions Based on Filter Results

      If a packet, or a series of packets, match a specific filter, then
      there are a variety of actions that may be taken based on that
      filter match.  Examples of such actions include:

      -  Discard

         In many cases, filters may be set to catch certain undesirable
         packets.  Examples may include packets with forged or invalid
         source addresses, packets that are part of a DoS or DDoS
         attack, or packets that are trying to access forbidden
         resources (such as network management packets from an
         unauthorized source).  Where such filters are activated, it is
         common to silently discard the packet or set of packets
         matching the filter.  The discarded packets may also be counted
         and/or logged, of course.

      -  Set CoS

         A filter may be used to set the Class of Service associated
         with the packet.

      -  Count Packets and/or Bytes

      -  Rate Limit

         In some cases, the set of packets that match a particular
         filter may be limited to a specified bandwidth.  Packets and/or
         bytes would be counted and forwarded normally up to the
         specified limit.  Excess packets may be discarded or marked
         (for example, by setting a "discard eligible" bit in the IP ToS
         field or the MPLS EXP field).

      -  Forward and Copy

         It is useful in some cases not only to forward some set of
         packets normally, but also to send a copy to a specified other
         address or interface.  For example, this may be used to
         implement a lawful intercept capability, or to feed selected
         packets to an Intrusion Detection System.

   o  Other Issues Related to Packet Filters

      There may be a very wide variation in the performance impact of
      filtering.  This may occur both due to differences between
      implementations, and due to differences between types or numbers

      of filters deployed.  For filtering to be useful, the performance
      of the equipment has to be acceptable in the presence of filters.

      The precise definition of "acceptable" may vary from service
      provider to service provider and may depend on the intended use of
      the filters.  For example, for some uses a filter may be turned on
      all the time in order to set CoS, to prevent an attack, or to
      mitigate the effect of a possible future attack.  In this case it
      is likely that the service provider will want the filter to have
      minimal or no impact on performance.  In other cases, a filter may
      be turned on only in response to a major attack (such as a major
      DDoS attack).  In this case a greater performance impact may be
      acceptable to some service providers.

      A key consideration with the use of packet filters is that they
      can provide few options for filtering packets carrying encrypted
      data.  Because the data itself is not accessible, only packet
      header information or other unencrypted fields can be used for

5.3.2.  Firewalls

   Firewalls provide a mechanism for control over traffic passing
   between different trusted zones in the PPVPN model, or between a
   trusted zone and an untrusted zone.  Firewalls typically provide much
   more functionality than filters, as they may be able to apply
   detailed analysis and logical functions to flows and not just to
   individual packets.  They may offer a variety of complex services,
   such as threshold-driven denial-of-service attack protection, virus
   scanning, or acting as a TCP connection proxy.  As with other access
   control techniques, the value of firewalls depends on a clear
   understanding of the topologies of the PPVPN core network, the user
   networks, and the threat model.  Their effectiveness depends on a
   topology with a clearly defined inside (secure) and outside (not

   Within the PPVPN framework, traffic typically is not allowed to pass
   between the various user VPNs.  This inter-VPN isolation is usually
   not performed by a firewall, but it is a part of the basic VPN
   mechanism.  An exception to the total isolation of VPNs is the case
   of "extranets", which allow specific external access to a user's VPN,
   potentially from another VPN.  Firewalls can be used to provide the
   services required for secure extranet implementation.

   In a PPVPN, firewalls can be applied between the public Internet and
   user VPNs, in cases where Internet access services are offered by the
   provider to the VPN user sites.  In addition, firewalls may be
   applied between VPN user sites and any shared network-based services
   offered by the PPVPN provider.

   Firewalls may be applied to help protect PPVPN core network functions
   from attacks originating from the Internet or from PPVPN user sites,
   but typically other defensive techniques will be used for this

   Where firewalls are employed as a service to protect user VPN sites
   from the Internet, different VPN users, and even different sites of a
   single VPN user, may have varying firewall requirements.  The overall
   PPVPN logical and physical topology, along with the capabilities of
   the devices implementing the firewall services, will have a
   significant effect on the feasibility and manageability of such
   varied firewall service offerings.

   Another consideration with the use of firewalls is that they can
   provide few options for handling packets carrying encrypted data.  As
   the data itself is not accessible, only packet header information,
   other unencrypted fields, or analysis of the flow of encrypted
   packets can be used for making decisions on accepting or rejecting
   encrypted traffic.

5.3.3.  Access Control to Management Interfaces

   Most of the security issues related to management interfaces can be
   addressed through the use of authentication techniques described in
   the section on authentication.  However, additional security may be
   provided by controlling access to management interfaces in other

   Management interfaces, especially console ports on PPVPN devices, may
   be configured so that they are only accessible out of band, through a
   system that is physically or logically separated from the rest of the
   PPVPN infrastructure.

   Where management interfaces are accessible in-band within the PPVPN
   domain, filtering or firewalling techniques can be used to restrict
   unauthorized in-band traffic from having access to management
   interfaces.  Depending on device capabilities, these filtering or
   firewalling techniques can be configured either on other devices
   through which the traffic might pass, or on the individual PPVPN
   devices themselves.

5.4.  Use of Isolated Infrastructure

   One way to protect the infrastructure used for support of VPNs is to
   separate the VPN support resources from the resources used for other
   purposes (such as support of Internet services).  In some cases, this
   may require the use of physically separate equipment for VPN
   services, or even a physically separate network.

   For example, PE-based L3 VPNs may be run on a separate backbone not
   connected to the Internet, or they may use separate edge routers from
   those used to support Internet service.  Private IP addresses (local
   to the provider and non-routable over the Internet) are sometimes
   used to provide additional separation.

   It is common for CE-based L3VPNs to make use of CE devices that are
   dedicated to one specific VPN.  In many or most cases, CE-based VPNs
   may make use of normal Internet services to interconnect CE devices.

5.5.  Use of Aggregated Infrastructure

   In general it is not feasible to use a completely separate set of
   resources for support of each VPN.  One of the main reasons for VPN
   services is to allow sharing of resources between multiple users,
   including multiple VPNs.  Thus, even if VPN services make use of a
   separate network from Internet services, there will still be multiple
   VPN users sharing the same network resources.  In some cases, VPN
   services will share the use of network resources with Internet
   services or other services.

   It is therefore important for VPN services to provide protection
   between resource use by different VPNs.  Thus, a well-behaved VPN
   user should be protected from possible misbehavior by other VPNs.
   This requires that limits be placed on the amount of resources that
   can be used by any one VPN.  For example, both control traffic and
   user data traffic may be rate limited.  In some cases or in some
   parts of the network where a sufficiently large number of queues are
   available, each VPN (and, optionally, each VPN and CoS within the
   VPN) may make use of a separate queue.  Control-plane resources such
   as link bandwidth and CPU and memory resources may be reserved on a
   per-VPN basis.

   The techniques that are used to provision resource protection between
   multiple VPNs served by the same infrastructure can also be used to
   protect VPN services from Internet services.

   The use of aggregated infrastructure allows the service provider to
   benefit from stochastic multiplexing of multiple bursty flows and may

   also, in some cases, thwart traffic pattern analysis by combining the
   data from multiple VPNs.

5.6.  Service Provider Quality Control Processes

   Deployment of provider-provisioned VPN services requires a relatively
   large amount of configuration by the service provider.  For example,
   the service provider has to configure which VPN each site belongs to,
   as well as QoS and SLA guarantees.  This large amount of required
   configuration leads to the possibility of misconfiguration.

   It is important for the service provider to have operational
   processes in place to reduce the potential impact of
   misconfiguration.  CE-to-CE authentication may also be used to detect
   misconfiguration when it occurs.

5.7.  Deployment of Testable PPVPN Service

   This refers to solutions that can readily be tested for correct
   configuration.  For example, for a point-point VPN, checking that the
   intended connectivity is working largely ensures that there is not
   connectivity to some unintended site.

6.  Monitoring, Detection, and Reporting of Security Attacks

   A PPVPN service may be subject to attacks from a variety of security
   threats.  Many threats are described in another part of this
   document.  Many of the defensive techniques described in this
   document and elsewhere provide significant levels of protection from
   a variety of threats.  However, in addition to silently employing
   defensive techniques to protect against attacks, PPVPN services can
   add value for both providers and customers by implementing security-
   monitoring systems that detect and report on any security attacks
   that occur, regardless of whether the attacks are effective.

   Attackers often begin by probing and analyzing defenses, so systems
   that can detect and properly report these early stages of attacks can
   provide significant benefits.

   Information concerning attack incidents, especially if available
   quickly, can be useful in defending against further attacks.  It can
   be used to help identify attackers and their specific targets at an
   early stage.  This knowledge about attackers and targets can be used
   to further strengthen defenses against specific attacks or attackers,
   or to improve the defensive services for specific targets on an as-
   needed basis.  Information collected on attacks may also be useful in
   identifying and developing defenses against novel attack types.

   Monitoring systems used to detect security attacks in PPVPNs will
   typically operate by collecting information from Provider Edge (PE),
   Customer Edge (CE), and/or Provider backbone (P) devices.  Security
   monitoring systems should have the ability to actively retrieve
   information from devices (e.g., SNMP get) or to passively receive
   reports from devices (e.g., SNMP notifications).  The specific
   information exchanged will depend on the capabilities of the devices
   and on the type of VPN technology.  Particular care should be given
   to securing the communications channel between the monitoring systems
   and the PPVPN devices.

   The CE, PE, and P devices should employ efficient methods to acquire
   and communicate the information needed by the security monitoring
   systems.  It is important that the communication method between PPVPN
   devices and security monitoring systems be designed so that it will
   not disrupt network operations.  As an example, multiple attack
   events may be reported through a single message, rather than allow
   each attack event to trigger a separate message, which might result
   in a flood of messages, essentially becoming a denial-of-service
   attack against the monitoring system or the network.

   The mechanisms for reporting security attacks should be flexible
   enough to meet the needs of VPN service providers, VPN customers, and
   regulatory agencies.  The specific reports will depend on the
   capabilities of the devices, the security monitoring system, the type
   of VPN, and the service level agreements between the provider and

7.  User Security Requirements

   This section defines a list of security-related requirements that the
   users of PPVPN services may have for their PPVPN service.  Typically,
   these translate into requirements for the provider in offering the

   The following sections detail various requirements that ensure the
   security of a given trusted zone.  Since in real life there are
   various levels of security, a PPVPN may fulfill any or all of these
   security requirements.  This document does not state that a PPVPN
   must fulfill all of these requirements to be secure.  As mentioned in
   the Introduction, it is not within the scope of this document to
   define the specific requirements that each VPN technology must
   fulfill in order to be secure.

7.1.  Isolation

   A virtual private network usually defines "private" as isolation from
   other PPVPNs and the Internet.  More specifically, isolation has
   several components, which are discussed in the following sections.

7.1.1.  Address Separation

   A given PPVPN can use the full Internet address range, including
   private address ranges [RFC1918], without interfering with other
   PPVPNs that use PPVPN services from the same service provider(s).
   When Internet access is provided (e.g., by the same service provider
   that is offering PPVPN service), NAT functionality may be needed.

   In layer-2 VPNs, the same requirement exists for the layer 2
   addressing schemes, such as MAC addresses.

7.1.2.  Routing Separation

   A PPVPN core must maintain routing separation between the trusted
   zones.  This means that routing information must not leak from any
   trusted zone to any other, unless the zones are specifically
   engineered this way (e.g., for Internet access.)

   In layer-2 VPNs, the switching information must be kept separate
   between the trusted zones, so that switching information of one PPVPN
   does not influence other PPVPNs or the PPVPN core.

7.1.3.  Traffic Separation

   Traffic from a given trusted zone must never leave this zone, and
   traffic from another zone must never enter this zone.  Exceptions are
   made where zones are is specifically engineered that way (e.g., for
   extranet purposes or Internet access.)

7.2.  Protection

   The common perception is that a completely separated "private"
   network has defined entry points and is only subject to attack or
   intrusion over those entry points.  By sharing a common core, a PPVPN
   appears to lose some of these clear interfaces to networks outside
   the trusted zone.  Thus, one of the key security requirements of
   PPVPN services is that they offer the same level of protection as
   private networks.

7.2.1.  Protection against Intrusion

   An intrusion is defined here as the penetration of a trusted zone
   from outside.  This could be from the Internet, another PPVPN, or the
   core network itself.

   The fact that a network is "virtual" must not expose it to additional
   threats over private networks.  Specifically, it must not add new
   interfaces to other parts outside the trusted zone.  Intrusions from
   known interfaces such as Internet gateways are outside the scope of
   this document.

7.2.2.  Protection against Denial-of-Service Attacks

   A denial-of-service (DoS) attack aims at making services or devices
   unavailable to legitimate users.  In the framework of this document,
   only those DoS attacks are considered that are a consequence of
   providing network service through a VPN.  DoS attacks over the
   standard interfaces into a trusted zone are not considered here.

   The requirement is that a PPVPN is not more vulnerable against DoS
   attacks than it would be if the same network were private.

7.2.3.  Protection against Spoofing

   It must not be possible to violate the integrity of a PPVPN by
   changing the sender identification (source address, source label,
   etc) of traffic in transit.  For example, if two CEs are connected to
   the same PE, it must not be possible for one CE to send crafted
   packets that make the PE believe those packets are coming from the
   other CE, thus inserting them into the wrong PPVPN.

7.3.  Confidentiality

   This requirement means that data must be cryptographically secured in
   transit over the PPVPN core network to avoid eavesdropping.

7.4.  CE Authentication

   Where CE authentication is provided, it is not possible for an
   outsider to install a CE and pretend to belong to a specific PPVPN to
   which this CE does not belong in reality.

7.5.  Integrity

   Data in transit must be secured in such a manner that it cannot be
   altered or that any alteration may be detected at the receiver.

7.6.  Anti-replay

   Anti-replay means that data in transit cannot be recorded and
   replayed later.  To protect against anti-replay attacks, the data
   must be cryptographically secured.

   Note: Even private networks do not necessarily meet the requirements
   of confidentiality, integrity, and anti-reply.  Thus, when private
   and "virtually private" PPVPN services are compared, these
   requirements are only applicable if the comparable private service
   also included these services.  However, the fact that VPNs operate
   over a shared infrastructure may make some of these requirements more
   important in a VPN environment than in a private network environment.

8.  Provider Security Requirements

   In this section, we discuss additional security requirements that the
   provider may have in order to secure its network infrastructure as it
   provides PPVPN services.

   The PPVPN service provider requirements defined here are the
   requirements for the PPVPN core in the reference model.  The core
   network can be implemented with different types of network
   technologies, and each core network may use different technologies to
   provide the PPVPN services to users with different levels of offered
   security.  Therefore, a PPVPN service provider may fulfill any number
   of the security requirements listed in this section. This document
   does not state that a PPVPN must fulfill all of these requirements to
   be secure.

   These requirements are focused on 1) how to protect the PPVPN core
   from various attacks outside the core, including PPVPN users and
   non-PPVPN alike, both accidentally and maliciously, and 2) how to
   protect the PPVPN user VPNs and sites themselves.  Note that a PPVPN
   core is not more vulnerable against attacks than a core that does not
   provide PPVPNs.  However, providing PPVPN services over such a core
   may lead to additional security requirements, if only because most
   users are expecting higher security standards in a core delivering
   PPVPN services.

8.1.  Protection within the Core Network

8.1.1.  Control Plane Protection

   -  Protocol Authentication within the Core:

      PPVPN technologies and infrastructure must support mechanisms for
      authentication of the control plane.  For an IP core, IGP and BGP

      sessions may be authenticated by using TCP MD5 or IPsec.  If an
      MPLS core is used, LDP sessions may be authenticated by using TCP
      MD5.  In addition, IGP and BGP authentication should also be
      considered.  For a core providing layer-2 services, PE to PE
      authentication may also be used via IPsec.

      With the cost of authentication coming down rapidly, the
      application of control plane authentication may not increase the
      cost of implementation for providers significantly, and it will
      improve the security of the core.  If the core is dedicated to VPN
      services and there are no interconnects to third parties, then it
      may reduce the requirement for authentication of the core control

   -  Elements protection

      Here we discuss means to hide the provider's infrastructure nodes.

      A PPVPN provider may make the infrastructure routers (P and PE
      routers) unreachable by outside users and unauthorized internal
      users.  For example, separate address space may be used for the
      infrastructure loopbacks.

      Normal TTL propagation may be altered to make the backbone look
      like one hop from the outside, but caution should be taken for
      loop prevention.  This prevents the backbone addresses from being
      exposed through trace route; however, it must also be assessed
      against operational requirements for end-to-end fault tracing.

      An Internet backbone core may be re-engineered to make Internet
      routing an edge function, for example, by using MPLS label
      switching for all traffic within the core and possibly by making
      the Internet a VPN within the PPVPN core itself.  This helps
      detach Internet access from PPVPN services.

      PE devices may implement separate control plane, data plane, and
      management plane functionality in terms of hardware and software,
      to improve security.  This may help limit the problems when one
      particular area is attacked, and it may allow each plane to
      implement additional security measurement separately.

      PEs are often more vulnerable to attack than P routers, since, by
      their very nature, PEs cannot be made unreachable to outside
      users.  Access to core trunk resources can be controlled on a
      per-user basis by the application of inbound rate-
      limiting/shaping.  This can be further enhanced on a per-Class of
      Service basis (see section 8.2.3).

      In the PE, using separate routing processes for Internet and PPVPN
      service may help improve the PPVPN security and better protect VPN
      customers.  Furthermore, if the resources, such as CPU and memory,
      may be further separated based on applications, or even on
      individual VPNs, it may help provide improved security and
      reliability to individual VPN customers.

      Many of these were not particular issues when an IP core was
      designed to support Internet services only.  Providing PPVPN
      services introduces new security requirements for VPN services.
      Similar consideration apply to L2 VPN services.

8.1.2.  Data Plane Protection

   PPVPN using IPsec technologies provides VPN users with encryption of
   secure user data.

   In today's MPLS, ATM, and Frame Relay networks, encryption is not
   provided as a basic feature.  Mechanisms can be used to secure the
   MPLS data plane and to secure the data carried over the MPLS core.
   Additionally, if the core is dedicated to VPN services and there are
   no external interconnects to third party networks, then there is no
   obvious need for encryption of the user data plane.

   Inter-working IPsec/L3 PPVPN technologies or IPsec/L2 PPVPN
   technologies may be used to provide PPVPN users with end-to-end PPVPN

8.2.  Protection on the User Access Link

   Peer/Neighbor protocol authentication may be used to enhance
   security.  For example, BGP MD5 authentication may be used to enhance
   security on PE-CE links using eBGP.  In the case of an inter-provider
   connection, authentication/encryption mechanisms between ASes, such
   as IPsec, may be used.

   WAN link address space separation for VPN and non-VPN users may be
   implemented to improve security in order to protect VPN customers if
   multiple services are provided on the same PE platform.

   Firewall/Filtering: Access control mechanisms can be used to filter
   out any packets destined for the service provider's infrastructure
   prefix or to eliminate routes identified as illegitimate.

   Rate limiting may be applied to the user interface/logical interfaces
   against DDoS bandwidth attack.  This is very helpful when the PE
   device is supporting both VPN services and Internet services,
   especially when it supports VPN and Internet services on the same
   physical interfaces through different logical interfaces.

8.2.1.  Link Authentication

   Authentication mechanisms can be employed to validate site access to
   the PPVPN network via fixed or logical (e.g., L2TP, IPsec)
   connections.  When the user wishes to hold the 'secret' associated to
   acceptance of the access and site into the VPN, then PPVPN based
   solutions require the flexibility for either direct authentication by
   the PE itself or interaction with a customer PPVPN authentication
   server.  Mechanisms are required in the latter case to ensure that
   the interaction between the PE and the customer authentication server
   is controlled, for example, by limiting it simply to an exchange in
   relation to the authentication phase and with other attributes (e.g.,
   optional filtering of RADIUS).

8.2.2.  Access Routing

   Mechanisms may be used to provide control at a routing protocol level
   (e.g., RIP, OSPF, BGP) between the CE and PE.  Per-neighbor and per-
   VPN routing policies may be established to enhance security and
   reduce the impact of a malicious or non-malicious attack on the PE,
   in particular, the following mechanisms should be considered:

   -  Limiting the number of prefixes that may be advertised into the PE
      on a per-access basis .  Appropriate action may be taken should a
      limit be exceeded; for example, the PE might shut down the peer
      session to the CE.

   -  Applying route dampening at the PE on received routing updates.

   -  Definition of a per-VPN prefix limit, after which additional
      prefixes will not be added to the VPN routing table.

   In the case of inter-provider connection, access protection, link
   authentication, and routing policies as described above may be
   applied.  Both inbound and outbound firewall/filtering mechanism may
   be applied between ASes.  Proper security procedures must be
   implemented in inter-provider VPN interconnection to protect the
   providers' network infrastructure and their customer VPNs.  This may
   be custom designed for each inter-Provider VPN peering connection,
   and both providers must agree on it.

8.2.3.  Access QoS

   PPVPN providers offering QoS-enabled services require mechanisms to
   ensure that individual accesses are validated against their
   subscribed QOS profile and are granted access to core resources that
   match their service profile.  Mechanisms such as per-Class of Service
   rate limiting/traffic shaping on ingress to the PPVPN core are one
   option in providing this level of control.  Such mechanisms may
   require the per-Class of Service profile to be enforced by marking,
   remarking, or discarding traffic that is outside of the profile.

8.2.4.  Customer VPN Monitoring Tools

   End users requiring visibility of VPN-specific statistics on the core
   (e.g., routing table, interface status, QoS statistics) impose
   requirements for mechanisms at the PE both to validate the incoming
   user and to limit the views available to that particular user's VPN.
   Mechanisms should also be considered to ensure that such access
   cannot be used to create a DoS attack (either malicious or
   accidental) on the PE itself.  This could be accomplished either
   through separation of these resources within the PE itself or via the
   capability to rate-limit such traffic on a per-VPN basis.

8.3.  General Requirements for PPVPN Providers

   The PPVPN providers must support the users' security requirements as
   listed in Section 7.  Depending on the technologies used, these
   requirements may include the following.

   -  User control plane separation: Routing isolation.

   -  User address space separation: Supporting overlapping addresses
      from different VPNs.

   -  User data plane separation: One VPN traffic cannot be intercepted
      by other VPNs or any other users.

   -  Protection against intrusion, DoS attacks and spoofing.

   -  Access Authentication.

   -  Techniques highlighted through this document identify
      methodologies for the protection of PPVPN resources and

   Hardware or software bugs in equipment that lead to security breaches
   are outside the scope of this document.

9.  Security Evaluation of PPVPN Technologies

   This section presents a brief template that may be used to evaluate
   and summarize how a given PPVPN approach (solution) measures up
   against the PPVPN Security Framework.  An evaluation using this
   template should appear in the applicability statement for each PPVPN

9.1.  Evaluating the Template

   The first part of the template is in the form of a list of security
   assertions.  For each assertion the approach is assessed and one or
   more of the following ratings is assigned:

   -  The requirement is not applicable to the VPN approach because ...
      (fill in reason).

   -  The base VPN approach completely addresses the requirement by ...
      (fill in technique).

   -  The base VPN approach partially addresses the requirement by ...
      (fill in technique and extent to which it addresses the

   -  An optional extension to the VPN approach completely addresses the
      requirement by ...  (fill in technique).

   -  An optional extension to the VPN approach partially addresses the
      requirement by ...  (fill in technique and extent to which it
      addresses the requirement).

   -  The requirement is addressed in a way that is beyond the scope of
      the VPN approach.  (Explain.)  (One example of this would be a VPN
      approach in which some aspect, such as membership discovery, is
      done via configuration.  The protection afforded to the
      configuration would be beyond the scope of the VPN approach.).

   -  The VPN approach does not meet the requirement.

9.2.  Template

   The following assertions solicit responses of the types listed in the
   previous section.

   1.  The approach provides complete IP address space separation for
       each L3 VPN.

   2.  The approach provides complete L2 address space separation for
       each L2 VPN.

   3.  The approach provides complete VLAN ID space separation for each
       L2 VPN.

   4.  The approach provides complete IP route separation for each L3

   5.  The approach provides complete L2 forwarding separation for each
       L2 VPN.

   6.  The approach provides a means to prevent improper cross-
       connection of sites in separate VPNs.

   7.  The approach provides a means to detect improper cross-connection
       of sites in separate VPNs.

   8.  The approach protects against the introduction of unauthorized
       packets into each VPN
         a. in the CE-PE link,
         b. in a single- or multi-provider PPVPN backbone, or
         c. in the Internet used as PPVPN backbone.

   9.  The approach provides confidentiality (secrecy) protection for
       PPVPN user data
         a. in the CE-PE link,
         b. in a single- or multi-provider PPVPN backbone, or
         c. in the Internet used as PPVPN backbone.

   10. The approach provides sender authentication for PPVPN user data.
         a. in the CE-PE link,
         b. in a single- or multi-provider PPVPN backbone, or
         c. in the Internet used as PPVPN backbone.

   11. The approach provides integrity protection for PPVPN user data
         a. in the CE-PE link,
         b. in a single- or multi- provider PPVPN backbone, or
         c. in the Internet used as PPVPN backbone.

   12. The approach provides protection against replay attacks for PPVPN
       user data
         a. in the CE-PE link,
         b. in a single- or multi-provider PPVPN backbone, or
         c. in the Internet used as PPVPN backbone.

   13. The approach provides protection against unauthorized traffic
       pattern analysis for PPVPN user data
         a. in the CE-PE link,
         b. in a single- or multi-provider PPVPN backbone, or
         c. in the Internet used as PPVPN backbone.

   14. The control protocol(s) used for each of the following functions
       provides message integrity and peer authentication

         a. VPN membership discovery.
         b. Tunnel establishment.
         c. VPN topology and reachability advertisement:
            i.  PE-PE.
            ii. PE-CE.
         d. VPN provisioning and management.
         e. VPN monitoring, attack detection, and reporting.
         f. Other VPN-specific control protocols, if any (list).

   The following questions solicit free-form answers.

   15. Describe the protection, if any, the approach provides against
       PPVPN-specific DoS attacks (i.e., inter-trusted-zone DoS

         a. Protection of the service provider infrastructure against
            Data Plane or Control Plane DoS attacks originated in a
            private (PPVPN user) network and aimed at PPVPN mechanisms.

         b. Protection of the service provider infrastructure against
            Data Plane or Control Plane DoS attacks originated in the
            Internet and aimed at PPVPN mechanisms.

         c. Protection of PPVPN users against Data Plane or Control
            Plane DoS attacks originated from the Internet or from other
            PPVPN users and aimed at PPVPN mechanisms.

   16. Describe the protection, if any, the approach provides against
       unstable or malicious operation of a PPVPN user network

         a. Protection against high levels of, or malicious design of,
            routing traffic from PPVPN user networks to the service
            provider network.

         b. Protection against high levels of, or malicious design of,
            network management traffic from PPVPN user networks to the
            service provider network.

         c. Protection against worms and probes originated in the PPVPN
            user networks, sent toward the service provider network.

   17. Is the approach subject to any approach-specific vulnerabilities
       not specifically addressed by this template?  If so, describe the
       defense or mitigation, if any, that the approach provides for

10.  Security Considerations

   Security considerations constitute the sole subject of this memo and
   hence are discussed throughout.  Here we recap what has been
   presented and explain at a very high level the role of each type of
   consideration in an overall secure PPVPN system.  The document
   describes a number of potential security threats.  Some of these
   threats have already been observed occurring in running networks;
   others are largely theoretical at this time.

   DoS attacks and intrusion attacks from the Internet against service
   provider infrastructure have been seen.  DoS "attacks" (typically not
   malicious) have also been seen in which CE equipment overwhelms PE
   equipment with high quantities or rates of packet traffic or routing
   information.  Operational/provisioning errors are cited by service
   providers as one of their prime concerns.

   The document describes a variety of defensive techniques that may be
   used to counter the suspected threats.  All of the techniques
   presented involve mature and widely implemented technologies that are
   practical to implement.

   The document describes the importance of detecting, monitoring, and
   reporting both successful and unsuccessful attacks.  These activities
   are essential for "understanding one's enemy", mobilizing new
   defenses, and obtaining metrics about how secure the PPVPN service
   is.  As such, they are vital components of any complete PPVPN
   security system.

   The document evaluates PPVPN security requirements from a customer
   perspective and from a service provider perspective.  These sections
   re-evaluate the identified threats from the perspectives of the
   various stakeholders and are meant to assist equipment vendors and
   service providers, who must ultimately decide what threats to protect
   against in any given equipment or service offering.

   Finally, the document includes a template for use by authors of PPVPN
   technical solutions for evaluating how those solutions measure up
   against the security considerations presented in this memo.

11.  Contributors

   The following people made major contributions to writing this
   document:  Michael Behringer, Ross Callon, Fabio Chiussi, Jeremy De
   Clerque, Paul Hitchen, and Paul Knignt.

   Michael Behringer
   Village d'Entreprises Green Side,  Phone: +33.49723-2652
   400, Avenue Roumanille, Bat. T 3   EMail:
   06410 Biot, Sophia Antipolis

   Ross Callon
   Juniper Networks
   10 Technology Park Drive           Phone: 978-692-6724
   Westford, MA  01886                EMail:

   Fabio Chiussi                      Phone: 1 978 367-8965
   Airvana                            EMail:
   19 Alpha Road
   Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824

   Jeremy De Clercq
   Fr. Wellesplein 1, 2018 Antwerpen  EMail:

   Mark Duffy
   Sonus Networks
   250 Apollo Drive                   Phone: 1 978-614-8748
   Chelmsford, MA 01824               EMail:

   Paul Hitchen
   BT Adastral Park
   Martlesham Heath                   Phone: 44-1473-606-344
   Ipswich IP53RE                     EMail:

   Paul Knight
   600 Technology Park Drive          Phone: 978-288-6414
   Billerica, MA 01821                EMail:

12.  Acknowledgement

   The author and contributors would also like to acknowledge the
   helpful comments and suggestions from Paul Hoffman, Eric Gray, Ron
   Bonica, Chris Chase, Jerry Ash, and Stewart Bryant.

13.  Normative References

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                G., and E. Lear, "Address Allocation for Private
                Internets", BCP 5, RFC 1918, February 1996.

   [RFC2246]    Dierks, T. and C. Allen, "The TLS Protocol Version 1.0",
                RFC 2246, January 1999.

   [RFC2401]    Kent, S. and R. Atkinson, "Security Architecture for the
                Internet Protocol", RFC 2401, November 1998.

   [RFC2402]    Kent, S. and R. Atkinson, "IP Authentication Header",
                RFC 2402, November 1998.

   [RFC2406]    Kent, S. and R. Atkinson, "IP Encapsulating Security
                Payload (ESP)", RFC 2406, November 1998.

   [RFC2407]    Piper, D., "The Internet IP Security Domain of
                Interpretation for ISAKMP", RFC 2407, November 1998.

   [RFC2661]    Townsley, W., Valencia, A., Rubens, A., Pall, G., Zorn,
                G., and B. Palter, "Layer Two Tunneling Protocol
                "L2TP"", RFC 2661, August 1999.

   [RFC2865]    Rigney, C., Willens, S., Rubens, A., and W. Simpson,
                "Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS)",
                RFC 2865, June 2000.

   [RFC3588]    Calhoun, P., Loughney, J., Guttman, E., Zorn, G., and J.
                Arkko, "Diameter Base Protocol", RFC 3588, September

   [RFC3602]    Frankel, S., Glenn, R., and S. Kelly, "The AES-CBC
                Cipher Algorithm and Its Use with IPsec", RFC 3602,
                September 2003.

   [STD62]      Harrington, D., Presuhn, R., and B. Wijnen, "An
                Architecture for Describing Simple Network Management
                Protocol (SNMP) Management Frameworks", STD 62, RFC
                3411, December 2002.

                Case, J., Harrington, D., Presuhn, R., and B. Wijnen,
                "Message Processing and Dispatching for the Simple
                Network Management Protocol (SNMP)", STD 62, RFC 3412,
                December 2002.

                Levi, D., Meyer, P., and B. Stewart, "Simple Network
                Management Protocol (SNMP) Applications", STD 62, RFC
                3413, December 2002.

                Blumenthal, U. and B. Wijnen, "User-based Security Model
                (USM) for version 3 of the Simple Network Management
                Protocol (SNMPv3)", STD 62, RFC 3414, December 2002.

                Wijnen, B., Presuhn, R., and K. McCloghrie, "View-based
                Access Control Model (VACM) for the Simple Network
                Management Protocol (SNMP)", STD 62, RFC 3415, December

                Presuhn, R., "Version 2 of the Protocol Operations for
                the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)", STD 62,
                RFC 3416, December 2002.

                Presuhn, R., "Transport Mappings for the Simple Network
                Management Protocol (SNMP)", STD 62, RFC 3417, December

                Presuhn, R., "Management Information Base (MIB) for the
                Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)", STD 62, RFC
                3418, December 2002.

   [STD8]       Postel, J. and J. Reynolds, "Telnet Protocol
                Specification", STD 8, RFC 854, May 1983.

14.  Informative References

   [RFC2104]    Krawczyk, H., Bellare, M., and R. Canetti, "HMAC:
                Keyed-Hashing for Message Authentication", RFC 2104,
                February 1997.

   [RFC2411]    Thayer, R., Doraswamy, N., and R. Glenn, "IP Security
                Document Roadmap", RFC 2411, November 1998.

   [RFC3174]    Eastlake 3rd, D. and P. Jones, "US Secure Hash Algorithm
                1 (SHA1)", RFC 3174, September 2001.

   [RFC3631]    Bellovin, S., Schiller, J., and C. Kaufman, "Security
                Mechanisms for the Internet", RFC 3631, December 2003.

      [RFC4593]    Barbir, A., Murphy, S., and Y. Yang, "Generic Threats to 
                Routing Protocols", RFC 4593, October 2006.
EID 3143 (Verified) is as follows:

Section: 14

Original Text:

   [RFC3889]    Barbir, A., Murphy, S., and Y. Yang, "Generic Threats to
                Routing Protocols", RFC 3889, October 2004.

Corrected Text:

   [RFC4593]    Barbir, A., Murphy, S., and Y. Yang, "Generic Threats to
                Routing Protocols", RFC 4593, October 2006.
Although the cited document appears to have reached the AUTH48 stage in 2004 and was provisionally assigned an RFC number of 3889, it was withdrawn for further editing and was never actually published under that number. Its eventual publication in 2006 was under the RFC number 4593.
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